Multicultural Issues in the Helping Profession Essay

3821 Words Mar 24th, 2008 16 Pages
Multiculturalism is described as “the practice of giving equal emphasis to the needs and contributions of all cultural groups especially traditionally underrepresented minority groups in a society” (Webster’s, 2003). In our country “it is estimated that by the year 2050, no more than 50% of the population will be of Anglo ancestry” (Cillo, 1998). It is also important to consider and recognize the number of sub-cultures that exist such as interracial couples, the disabled such as children with autism, and homosexual cultures. In this new era we live in, interracial marriages and relationships are becoming more customary than forty years ago. When the immigration policy changed allowing more Asians and Hispanics into the United States, …show more content…
Children with autism have speech delays that present themselves in difficulties with language and communication, and can even cause them to be completely nonverbal. Children with autism also have trouble learning appropriate social skills which greatly impacts their peer interactions, as well as interactions with adults. Autistic children tend to fixate on one thing, or a few things, but have a difficult time expanding their interests to a variety of things. The fixations become obsessions that they have difficulty ignoring or controlling, and that can eventually rule their lives. In addition to these symptoms, many children with autism have sensory needs that should be fulfilled in ways that stimulate them. These may include deep pressure massages, as well as other things that stimulate their seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling (Research Institute, 2007). One in 150 children today has autism. In the 1990's there were 1 in 10,000 children with autism. The diagnosis of autism has improved, and thus identified numbers of children with autism are increasing. Social awareness is increasing as well. Autistic children and their families struggle with unique obstacles in life that must be addressed by a helping professional, preferably one that is competent in the area of autism. These families need to build a support group around themselves that will help them deal with all that will come their way in their

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